I know Nike doesn’t like it. They were so sure the finals would come down to the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers they made commercials with puppets featuring the likenesses of Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant and Cavaliers MVP LeBron James.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the Finals. The Magic, a complete TEAM of skilled players led by All-Star center Dwight Howard and mercurial coach Stan Van Gundy, took apart the one-dimensional Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.
James left the court in a huff, and the national media is killing him. As for me, I feel bad for him. He did everything he could. He was magnificent in defeat, but his teammates were perhaps the most pedestrian aggregate of “talent” that has ever reached the conference finals in an NBA series.
Leave James alone and let him get ready for next season. Stop passing judgment on him for one mistake. His body of work (community service, staying out of trouble, etc.) should win the day here.
Meanwhile, there’s a great story brewing in Orlando, but the national media has been ignoring it all along.
But now they cannot deny it.
No matter how the Magic (my former employer) does versus the Lakers in the finals, I am supremely proud of their accomplishments this year, especially after losing All-Star point guard Jameer Nelson in mid-season.
So it’s time for America to find out about the Magic. Climb aboard the bandwagon … there is still lots of room.